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Whenever I plug in a USB device, Windows Live Messenger pops up the dialog box:

Please Install the Windows Live Device manager

How can I disable it other than by actually installing the software?

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According to the related pages on Google, the only solution that seems to work is:

  • Install it,
  • Run msconfig (start > run > msconfig) and disable it from the Startup tab.
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Windows Live Messenger? – RCIX Apr 27 '10 at 23:15
    
The bet is to install Windows Live Device manager, and then disable it from msconfig's startup tab. – Mehper C. Palavuzlar Apr 28 '10 at 6:51

You can disable it without installing the software by editing the registry:

  • Start / Run / regedit
  • Navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\
  • Create Key: MSNDeviceManager
  • Add string: InstallDir
  • Add value for the string to be: %windir%

When exported the key should look like:

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\MSNDeviceManager]
"InstallDir"="%windir%"

This worked for me (winXp).

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